Holidays are coming, holidays are coming….

24 Mar


Pesach is almost here! That’s an exclamation mark, which you’d think would betray some enthusiasm, but it’s really quite difficult to get excited for Pesach. There’s just so much prep if you’re staying home, and all the fun things – like preparing red food dye, cotton wool balls and other ‘plagues’ for seder night –  is really only fun when there are kids around.  Also I love baking, but I don’t love a baking challenge which is what most Pesach baking is about. 

Then I read an article today which reminded me that this is a festival which should definitely not be about moaning or groaning or spring cleaning, but something else entirely.  Pesach celebrates our freedom (think about that word for a second…) and a miraculous event in Jewish history.

 It’s also a holiday which is supposed to focus us on others via the traditional giving of kimcha d’pischa before Pesach, as well as on our selves: what inflates my ego? Which elements in my life act as my taskmaster?

Most importantly, the holiday focuses us on future generations, on what and who will come after us. The concept of “והגדת לבנך” (“and you will tell it to your children”) is the point of seder night! Do we want our kids to think Pesach is just about cleaning and moaning and housework? Nuh uh. So, as my sister advised – put the oven on self-clean, wipe down your shelves & lock everything else away! In the holiday spirit of optimism and a love of food gawking, here are some good lookin’ Pesach goodies & recipes I will be enthusiastically trying out this year, exclamation marks and all. 

Chag sameach! 


Yummly – Carrot Cake (Pesach friendly and healthy to boot!)

Matza Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Cake! One to delight the kids...

Matza Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Cake! One to delight the kids…

Smitten Kitchen's Mixed Berry Pavlova

Smitten Kitchen’s Mixed Berry Pavlova

Evelyn Rose's Cinnammon Balls - these look moreish!

Evelyn Rose’s Cinnammon Balls – these look moreish!

Pesach reading!

Poor Man’s Bread – A Free Market Message for Pesach

Why do we give Kimcha d’Pischa?

The Inside Story on Passover

The ABC’s of Passover


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